ver the past year, Natalie Imbruglia has been working with former Cure member, Phil Thornalley, who produced Duran Duran, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich to develop her own fresh rock sound. Natalie's debut album has astounded those critics who labelled her just another pretty face. "If the label had tried to make me put on some hot pants and sing pop I just could have done that. It's not me and my voice wouldn't suit that" said Natalie.
Having recently topped the charts in the U.K., U.S.A. and of course her own Australia, Natalie has become the biggest named female singer in world music at present. When you look at rivals such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette and our Kylie, then Natalie must indeed be very talented.
A good catholic education at Mater Dei near her home at Berkeley Vale on the Central Coast of New South Wales stood her in good stead for the rigours of show business.
Natalie, a singer to begin with, first made her mark in the world of teenage soaps that seem to grab the imagination of many people throughout television-land. Fortunately she saw the light for herself and after leaving 'Neighbours', carefully cultivated a new image for herself and devoted her talents to singing, bringing out her first album on the RCA/BMG label - 'Left of the Middle' with the smash singles, 'Torn', 'Big Mistake' and 'Wishing I Was There'. The album has now sold over 5 million copies.
Natalie has been nominated in 9 categories of the ARIA awards in October 1998, including Best Australian Album, Best Australian Single for 'Torn', Best Australian New Talent and Best Female Artist, competing against the likes of Tina Arena and Kylie Minogue. She recently won the MTV award as best new artist in a video - "I'm a very happy bunny" she beamed.
In December 1998 she was awarded the Billboard Music Award's Best Adult Top 40 Track of the Year for 'Torn'.
Natalie, who counts Shawn Colvin among her favourite artists, believes in getting on with the job and becoming a better entertainer and growing as an artist. "I've heaped the pressure on myself. I have to."
In recent times she has been linked romantically to singer Lenny Kravitz.
Natalie has recently linked up with ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart who will co-write and co-produce her next album. They wrote some songs on a yacht in the Caribbean.
In February 1999, Natalie won two awards in Britain - Best International Newcomer and Best International Female Solo Artist.
Natalie can be contacted through her management in London - Anne Barrett on +44 1 81 341 2756
Click Here to hear a sample of Natalie Imbruglia's smash song, Torn.